Four 'most wanted criminals' shot dead by police in Durban

Four ‘most wanted criminals’ shot dead by police in Durban.

Police shot and killed four of the most wanted criminals in Durban on Thursday.

Col. Robert Netshiunda, a spokesman for the police, said that members of the rapid rail unit, provincial investigations, and tracking task team investigated information about a gang thought to be behind a string of homicides in KwaZulu-Natal.

Four ‘most wanted criminals’ shot dead by police in Durban.

“The four suspects were spotted travelling in a white vehicle along Higginson Highway in St Wendolins and police instructed them to stop. Instead of heeding the instructions, the suspects opened fire at the police. During the exchange the four suspects were fatally wounded.”

According to preliminary investigations, the guys were wanted for a “avalanche” of other significant and violent crimes, including murder, attempted murder, hijacking, armed robbery, and extortion.

“Police recovered an AK47 assault rifle with one magazine and 19 rounds of ammunition as well as a vehicle suspected to have been stolen. Ink-stained bank notes were also found inside the suspects’ vehicle.”

According to Netshiunda, no police officers were hurt, and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) was looking into the incident.

An inquest docket was opened by Mariannhill police.